I couldn't find a reference for this 9-patch variation, so I am calling it, Hot-Crossed 9 Patch. It looks great in a straight set, set on point and set with sashing strips or not. Susan made this great example.
For each block, you'll need three fabrics:
Background: White solid or white-on-white (WOW) print.
Plaid: Woven or printed plaid. In recognition of Earth day (April 22), I used re-claimed 100% plaid cottons from garments. All the plaid garments I bought were labeled 100% cotton and are tightly woven and of an appropriate weight for quilting. I found suitable plaids in men’s shirts, swim trunks and some (new from the GAP) PJ pants. I passed on some cute but too-heavy cotton plaids in shorts and too-light ones in lady’s blouses and men’s boxers.
Contrast: a solid of tone-on-tone (TOT) print fabric that compliments and contrasts with your plaid.
MAKING THE BLOCK
3-inch squares: 4 from background, 5 from plaid
1 1/2 by 8-inch rectangle: 1 from background
1 1/2 inch by 10-inch rectangle: 2 from background
1-inch by 10 inch rectangles: 2 from contrast
SEW THE BLOCK:
a 9-patch from the 9 squares.
Measurement check: you should have an 8-inch square.
- Add the shorter background strip to opposites sides of the 9-patch
- Add longer
background strips to the other 2 sides
Measurement check: you should have a 10-inch square.
SLICE THE BLOCK
Slice the block, vertically through the center. If your block perfectly measures 10 inches, you can measure 5 from one side. If not, be sure to halve the center of the squares in the center column of your 9-patch–they should measure 2.5 inches, so you can measure 1.25 inches from the edges of the center squares.
Insert one of the contrast strips into the block.
Turn the block 90 degrees and repeat, slicing through the center of the block and inserting the other contrast strip.
Trim the block to 9.5 inches, making sure that the 9 patch is centered in the block.
Measurement check: If all your cutting and seams are perfect, after trimming, the 9-patch will measure 7.5 inches and the white border around them will measure 1 inch from the seam to the edge.
Here are 35 of the blocks made by Béa, Christa, Cyndi, Ginny, Kathy, Kristin, Michelle, Rho, Shelley, Susan, Vivi and me for the block lotto.